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Clinical Manager Mental Health Auckland Womens

Department of Corrections
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Auckland - Auckland
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Ongoing - Full Time
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Job Description


Newly Created Multi-Disciplinary Team focused on Mental Health Wellbeing

Kotahi ano te kaupapa; ko te organa o te iwi


Opportunity to implement, influence and refine a new Model of Care to transform intervention and support for prisoners vulnerable to self-harm or suicide.


New Zealand and international literature has established that prisoners have greater mental health needs than the general population, and have a greater risk of self-harm and suicide.

The Department of Corrections devotes significant time and resource into caring for prisoners vulnerable to self-harm and suicide. Alongside the significant recent investments in mental health services for prisoners, the Department has identified an opportunity to take a more holistic and long-term approach to improve the well-being of these prisoners.

Consequently, Corrections are developing a new, prison-wide model of care to transform intervention and support for prisoners vulnerable to self-harm or suicide. This model will be responsive, flexible and appropriate to the needs of the individual prisoner.

The Clinical Manager will lead and have direct line reporting responsibility of a multi-disciplinary team consisting of a Registered Nurse (Mental Health), Occupational Therapist, Social Worker, Cultural Support Worker and two Clinical Psychologists.  The Clinical Manager will lead the day to day practice of the Intervention and Support team, with a focus on enhancing the development of a greater understanding of best clinical practice within the prison environment that facilitates clinical excellence and health outcomes.

The Clinical Manager will have a unique opportunity to lead the team's contribution to the ongoing development and review of the model of care. . Key accountabilities will encompass:

  • Leading and managing the Multi-disciplinary team
  • Providing specialist advice and support to enhance prisoner well being
  • Articulating and driving the direction of the service, include goal setting for the service
  • Continuing development of practice
  • Working closely with the Prison Director to ensure the team have the necessary skills, knowledge and ability to support service initiatives to ensure delivery of an excellent secondary mental health service to patients in the Intensive Support Unit and wider prison environment
  • Promoting a culture that encourages innovation, creativity and professionalism

This position offers you the opportunity to lead people from a variety of disciplines whilst influencing the future direction of the model of care. It will appeal to those with advanced clinical leadership and knowledge within a Mental Health setting and will suit you if you demonstrate flare in decision making, organising, priority setting, delegation, and process management.

To help us lead the world in Prisoner Wellbeing you will present with:

  • A post graduate qualification in mental health, preferably at Masters level
  • Registered health professional with evidenced experience in either a secondary mental health environment or a vocational scope of clinical
  • Exemplary management and leadership capability
  • A commitment and passion for developing, implementing and evolving a new model of care
  • Strong relationship skills with the ability to establish credibility and influence without direct line management authority



You will relish the opportunity and challenge to introduce a more therapeutic, individualised approach to prisoner management, influencing culture change which will make prisons safer for vulnerable prisoners and empower staff to make sound decisions based on the individual needs of the prisoner.


This is an outstanding leadership opportunity to manage and lead a group of professionals working at the secondary Mental Health level with an allied supportive group, namely custodial staff to support you in your important and vital work. 

Follow the link below to view the Director Health speaking about this new initiative.

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